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Startup accelerators

  1. 1. Startup Accelerators: to DO or not to DO? 2013 SXSW Panel Picker A Talk by Tim Falls, SendGrid Community GuyMonday, August 13, 12
  2. 2. the intended audience • startup founders, entrepreneurs • tech / non-tech • accelerators • directors, mentors, investors, partners • anyone interested in these topics: • startup growth / strategy • community • mentorshipMonday, August 13, 12
  3. 3. what you’ll learn • startup accelerators defined • state of the accelerator ecosystem • is an accelerator right for your startup? • pros and cons of participating • making the right decision • if you DO • getting the most out of your accelerator experience • if you DO not • alternatives to the accelerator • how/where to learn moreMonday, August 13, 12
  4. 4. this talk brought to you by... • personal experience • interviews with the experts • research • general observations • the letter “t”Monday, August 13, 12
  5. 5. who am i? @timfalls on twitter community guy @sendgrid i lead the developer relations team former associate @techstars 2009 - 2011Monday, August 13, 12
  6. 6. who is sendgrid? email service in the cloud infrastructure | deliverability | analytics | APIs delivering billions of emails per month; over 50B to date tens of thousands of customers - startups and non-startups techstars graduate: 2009Monday, August 13, 12
  7. 7. the story of an accelerated startup Fall 2008 : 3 co-founders assemble, start building May 2009 : enter TechStars, acquire first paying customers August 2009 : launch at demo day November 2009 : seed round = $750k April 2010 : A round = $5M January 2012 : B round = 21.6M ~50 employees Aug 2012: ~100 employees Boulder, Anaheim, SF, NYC, Providence, Portland, San Diego, London ~4B emails/month = 133M/day = 5.5M/hr = 90k/minute = 1500/secMonday, August 13, 12
  8. 8. accelerator: what it is community | mentorship | resources | inspiration | $Monday, August 13, 12
  9. 9. state of the accelerator • list of startup accelerators: growing • quality vs quantity • profile of the accelerator startup: evolving • maturity & progress • business vs idea • team vs opportunity • the application and selection processMonday, August 13, 12
  10. 10. is acceleration for you? the good the bad who’s right? who’s wrong? asking questions finding answers making a decisionMonday, August 13, 12
  11. 11. tips & tricks if you do before, during, after if you do not other options resourcesMonday, August 13, 12
  12. 12. questions, answers, discussionMonday, August 13, 12

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